Alhaji Ahmadu Yakubu, the Ejeh of Ankpa and Chairman, Ankpa Area Traditional Council in Kogi, on Thursday, narrowly escaped assassination by gunmen.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alleged assassination attempt occurred at Eti-Aja Eid prayer ground in Ankpa, where the traditional ruler, in company with other Muslims, went to perform the Eid-el-Kabir prayer.
Narrating his ordeal to news men shortly after his escape, the traditional ruler said that the gunmen numbering about nine, were armed with guns and other weapons.
Yakubu expressed gratitude to God for saving his life, saying that although he was aware that hoodlums in the town had been plotting his downfall, he did not know they would go that extreme. See Excerpts:
“We are not bad people; we will continue to fight them; we will cooperate with security agencies to flush them out and bring them to book; we will not allow them to overrun Ankpa,” he said.
Also speaking with news men on the incident, Alhaji Ibrahim Abagwu, a senior government official at Ankpa Local Government Area, condemned the assassination attempt.
“It was in view of the escalating criminal and cult activities that we imposed a 7pm to 6am curfew to restrict movement of people. Now that they are after the Ejeh, I hope the security agents will be more serious,” he said.
He called on security agencies to ensure that the curfew was observed, to enable the arrest and prosecution of hoodlums.